The Richmond Register


October 9, 2013

Dr. Douglas Haig Jenkins, 95

RICHMOND — Dr. Douglas Haig Jenkins, 95, died Wednesday, October 9, 2013, in the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond.

He was born to Norman and Allie Christopher Jenkins on March 24, 1918, in Newby, Ky.

He was a lifelong resident of Madison County, Kentucky, except for the years he served his country during World War II and the following years while he was pursuing a medical degree at the University of Louisville and advanced training in general surgery.

He was preceded in death by: his son, David Curry Jenkins; his first wife, Virginia Curry Jenkins; grandson Dylan Jenkins Poindexter, stepgrandson Clinton Weitkamp; brothers Merle, Wallace, Ernest, Thomas and Wayne; and sisters Anna Mildred Cornelison and Cordie Walton.

Survivors include: his wife, Virginia W. Jenkins; his son, Douglas Haig Jenkins Jr. (Janet) of Lebanon, Ky., his daughter, Donna J. Poindexter (Alan) of Richmond.

Also surviving are: two stepsons, Darrell (Laura) and Donnie (La-Donna) Weitkamp of Richmond; grandchildren David Hill Jenkins (Maria), Dr. Virginia J. Lewis (Scott), Andrew Curry Jenkins (Megan), Douglas Haig Jenkins III, Julia Suzanne Jenkins and Shelby Douglas Poindexter; and three great-grandchildren, Ann Douglas Lewis, Virginia Claire Lewis and Conrad Curry Jenkins; step-granddaughters Chase and Grace Weitkamp; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Dr. Jenkins served in World War II in the U.S. Navy (1940-1945) as a fighter pilot, the commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 99 and was a Lt. Commander when he was discharged from active duty. He remained in the reserves for a number of years thereafter. He received numerous combat awards and commendations during his time in service to his country.

For 30 years, he served as a deacon of the First Christian Church, was a member of the stewardship committee and the rebuilding committee after the structure burned in 1958.

Dr. Jenkins was a past president of the EKU Alumni Association. Dr. Jenkins opened his private practice as a general surgeon in Richmond, Kentucky, in 1954 and continued until retirement in 1986. He had hospital privileges at Pattie A. Clay and Berea Hospital for many years.

Dr. Jenkins was an active member of the following medical organizations: Madison County Medical Society, Kentucky and American Medical Associations, KY Surgical Society, American College of Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Congress and the American Board of Surgery. He was active in the American Cancer Society Kentucky Division, serving as president and vice-president and received the National Divisional Award in 1972. He was also a member of long standing in the Exchange Club, the Madison County Historical Society, The Filson Club, The Symposium (formerly the Torch Club), a charter member of the Arlington Association, the Madison Airport Board and the Bank of Richmond board of director. He was president of Medical Arts and a charter member of the Kenrich Corporation board.

Dr. Jenkins enjoyed many hobbies and diversions, such as travel (especially in his Airstream), reading, gardening, playing cards and bingo, photography and spending winters in Florida.

Funeral services for Dr. Jenkins will be 4 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2013, at the First Christian Church of Richmond. Dr. Glenn Birkett will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery with military honors. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Weitkamp, Donnie Weitkamp, Andrew Jenkins, David Jenkins, Douglas H. “Drey” Jenkins III and Shelby Poindexter.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund, PO Box 216, Richmond, KY 40476-0216.

Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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